Florida Forest Service

With a hotter, drier summer fast approaching, the threat of wildfires is looming. But, not all fires are bad.

This week is arson prevention week in Florida and Regan McCarthy reports Tallahassee firefighters are focusing on reducing the number of fires started by children.

Nationwide more than half of arson fires are started by kids. And Tallahassee Fire Chief Cindy Dick says the majority of those fires are started by children under the age of 10. But she says in her experience, they’re usually accidental.

“I don’t believe there’s a great amount of malicious arson intent in those fires. I think they result from a lack of education and fire safety.”